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In this competition, brave souls stand before an audience and present timed talks on a set of never-before-seen slides. Contestants are expected to weave their comments around the projected images, and string the talk on a theme announced on the spot. Impromptu nonsense is guaranteed, and you’ll be amazed, and amused, by the creativity of contestants. Mark your calendar to attend – or better yet – sign up by March 15 to participate!

Entering the Competition

10 contestant positions are open on a first-come, first-served basis (Rule #1 below). A 10th contestant will be drawn from the combined pool of folks who didn’t make it in the first 9 names and everyone who registers at the event. If anyone in the initial 10 doesn’t show up, additional names will be drawn from the same pool to determine replacement speakers.


Contestants mush pre-register by March 15, 2019 by emailing Jacqueline Higginbotham with their name and phone number. Contestants are encouraged to include a humorous introduction for themselves (no more than four sentences). Nine contestant positions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis; remaining entries will be printed and combined with entries submitted at the event for a random drawing for the coveted 10th “wildcard” position.

At the event, contestants will wait outside the room until called. The organizers will call them in random order. Contestants may remain in the room after speaking.

Each contestant will speak for up to 4 minutes on 10 slides provided by the contest organizers. The slides will be pre-loaded. No contestant may view the slides in advance of speaking. Each contestant will control the movement of slides for his/her presentation. All contestants must stop speaking when time is called at 4 minutes.

An illustrious panel of 3 judges and a timekeeper will score each presentation on smooth delivery, number of slides used, and time used. The judges will determine the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place among all contestants. The decisions of the judges will be final.

Prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners.

By participating in this event, winners agree to allow their names and images to be used in TLA publications to acknowledge their victories and publicize future events. The TLA Battledecks programs are coordinated by the TALL Texans Round Table and the New Members Round Table.

Thank you to the Battledecks sponsor:

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Collaboration Space

Have you identified a hot topic, innovative concept, or knowledgeable individual that will prompt great group discussions? Send us your proposal to host a 60 minute facilitated small group discussion about topics relevant to libraries or librarians.

The deadline to submit your proposal is January 30, 2019. If your proposal is accepted, you will be notified by February 15, 2019.

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Contributed Papers

Contributed Paper sessions provide a forum for TLA members to present their current research. There will be eight presentation slots available at the 2019 TLA Annual Conference.

Please submit a 200-word (maximum) abstract by February 1, 2019. Abstracts will be reviewed, and up to eight will be chosen for presentation at the TLA Annual Conference. If your proposal is accepted for presentation, you must register for the conference where you will give a 20-minute presentation based on your abstract. Final papers are due by March 15.

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Cosplay Fashion Show & Contest

TLA is excited to announced it’s first ever Cosplay Fashion Show and Contest.

The Cosplay Fashion Show will be the piece de resistance of Comic Book Day on Wed 17th from 4:00-5:00 in the exhibitor hall.  Be prepared to have your imagination run wild when characters and designs come to life.  All comic related programs are welcome to have cosplay attendees throughout the day*.

March 31 is the deadline to sign up to participate in the Cosplay Fashion show.

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*Note, weapon replicas will not be allowed at conference or in the exhibit hall

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Great Ideas Lightning Talks & Posters

Have you been doing something unique and innovative in your library? Share your great ideas in the fast format of a lightning talk, combined with a poster session. Great Ideas Lighting Talks are five (5) minute sessions that engage the audience and feature new or innovative ideas. You’ll also be able to set up a poster or interactive display – if you spark an idea with your presentation, you’ll be available to answer questions afterward.

The whole event is an hour and half – we are looking to pack this session with lots of great ideas! Consider the following areas, or let us know if you have something totally outside of the box. Join us April 15 from 4:00 – 5:30pm!

  • New & Noteworthy — the latest and greatest from around libraryland!
  • Beyond Storytime — innovative children’s programming
  • Leading a Library — library management
  • Exploding Boundaries — non-traditional libraries, collections, or service
  • Beyond the Stacks — outreach and marketing

2019 Proposals were due by November 23, 2018.

Proposals will be evaluated based on clarity and originality, and relevance to the 2019 conference theme of Connecting to Innovate, Inspire, and Impact.

  • Conference registration is not required for participation in this one event only.
  • Posters may be print, electronic or both. Props may also be used.
  • All posters must be freestanding; no poster backing will be provided.
  • Laptops and tablets are welcome, but no electricity will be provided.
  • The Poster Session will not be judged this year, but small prizes will be drawn randomly from all entries.

If you have any additional questions, please contact John Marino.

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Innovation Lab

This unique, interactive space in the Exhibit Hall features an array of STEAM-focused events including educational program, exhibitors, demonstrations, robotics competitions, and a library maker space prototype.

Present at Innovation Lab: The Innovation Lab is seeking programs that highlight examples of innovation in your library! Whether you have a Maker Space, a STEM/STEAM education program, or other initiatives aimed at incubating innovative thought, we want to hear from you! Sign up for a program that shares your ideas and experiences and successes or failures. Individuals or groups of folks are encouraged to present what they have learned OR demonstrate what they have made in small or large group settings.  Submit a proposal.   Deadline is June 28, 2019

Host a Maker Table in the Innovation Lab: Want to share your ideas through demonstration? This is your chance! Exhibition space is available for selected librarians, makers, and STEM/STEAM Educators. Share your successes and programs for all types and sizes of libraries at your Maker Table. Your inexpensive program may be just what someone else is seeking. Your large makerspace is bursting with ideas that another library could learn from. Come one, come all, and share! This is for individuals, groups of folks, schools, libraries, or other organizations that have something great to share and want to demonstrate how it works. Submit a proposal.   Deadline is June 28, 2019.

Thank you to our sponsors

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